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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Popular Comedian Shares Experience with OCD and Counseling

by Dr. Craig April, Director of The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles

Howie Mandel has long been known for his OCD, as well as his comedy. I've often seen him in the media sharing his struggles with OCD in an honest and humorous way.

Click on the link below to read a short article about his upcoming book:

I found it interesting that the process of writing the book encouraged him to confront his OCD. Confronting OCD and coming to terms with the nature of this syndrome is a vital step in reducing symptoms.

He also mentions that he has received counseling. I would imagine this was key in assisting him in reducing his symptoms.

OCD and anxiety sufferers take note! It certainly doesn't seem like he has allowed OCD symptoms to get in the way of his goals and work life.

I'm interested in reading his soon to be released book. I'll let you know what I think after taking a look.

Until then, you can use him as inspiration to confront your own OCD and anxiety with humor while seeking treatment.

Taking one's thoughts too seriously generally increases anxiety. Humor has been beneficial to many that I have treated at my center.

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